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Has Hollywood Stopped Trying? The Smurfs vs. Mr. Popper's Penguins

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2011 at 8:21AM

It's Thursday and another fun-filled summer weekend at the movies is looming. There's good news in the Hollywood forecast: Jurassic Park may be rebooted, Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy may star together in a comedy, Angelina Jolie and David O. Russell may pair for Maleficent and the Coens are doing a musical. But check out this more sobering look at how Hollywood has stopped trying.
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It's Thursday and another fun-filled summer weekend at the movies is looming. There's good news in the Hollywood forecast: Jurassic Park may be rebooted, Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy may star together in a comedy, Angelina Jolie and David O. Russell may pair for Maleficent and the Coens are doing a musical. But check out this more sobering look at how Hollywood has stopped trying.

CHUD compares Mr. Popper's Penguins (June 17) to The Smurfs (July 29), both of which we included in our list of the Summer's Nine Worst Movie Trailers (trailers below). Not only does each one look bad on its own, but shot for shot they "appear to be the exact same movie." Check out CHUD's play-by-play of the imagined film studio meeting in which a writer pitches execs the idea for both of films---at the same time.

We have one word for you both, Jim Carrey and Neil Patrick Harris: Why? You're probably asking yourselves the same thing.

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